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Prolixin and Dry Mouth

Many side effects are possible with Prolixin, and dry mouth appears to be one of them. To relieve this, try avoiding drinks with caffeine, sipping water or sugarless drinks often, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol. If, when taking Prolixin, dry mouth continues to be a problem, your healthcare provider can offer other recommendations for relief, such as artificial saliva.

Does Prolixin Cause a Dry Mouth?

Prolixin® (fluphenazine) is a prescription medicine used to treat psychotic disorders. Like other medicines, it can cause side effects. One of these possible side effects of Prolixin is a dry mouth.

Prolixin and Dry Mouth: Suggestions

If you are taking Prolixin and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are a number of things that you can do. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • Avoid tobacco or alcohol. They dry out the mouth.
  • Use a humidifier at night.
  • Be aware that spicy or salty foods may cause pain in a dry mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon- or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
If you have a dry mouth while taking Prolixin and the suggestions listed in this article do not help, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatments, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on the severity of your dry mouth, he or she may recommend that you adjust your Prolixin dosage or try another medication.
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